Intel Committee Republicans Object to Latest GITMO Release
House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes today sent a letter to President Obama, signed by fourteen Members of Congress including all thirteen Republican members of the Intelligence Committee, objecting to the Obama administration’s recent transfer of fifteen detainees from the Guantanamo Bay facility in Cuba to the United Arab Emirates.
Noting that this is the largest-ever simultaneous release of Guantanamo Bay detainees, the letter asserts that the administration is releasing “increasingly dangerous terrorists,” including those who were non-compliant with their interrogators and who committed numerous infractions at the facility.
“With his last-gasp effort to fulfill his senseless campaign promise to close the Guantanamo Bay facility, President Obama is putting American lives at risk, particularly those of our servicemen and women,” said Chairman Nunes. “These detainees are in GITMO for a reason – they are among the most dangerous terrorists we have captured. About one-third of previously released detainees have already resumed terrorist activities, and there is no reason to think this new group will be any different. It is preposterous to continue releasing dangerous terrorists who will try to kill Americans as soon as they have the opportunity to do so.”
The full letter is available here.